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Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu, LLC: Federal Circuit Invites Early Challenges to Subject Matter Eligibility of Software Patents

Earlier this year, in Alice v. CLS Bank, the Supreme Court set out guidelines for determining whether patents claiming software and hardware features are statutorily eligible for patentability under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Following...more

Federal Circuit Reinvigorates “Original Patent” Requirement of 35 U.S.C. § 251 For Reissue Patents

On November 17, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Antares Pharma, Inc. v. medac Pharma Inc. and medac GmbH, ruled in favor of Ropes & Gray client Medac and breathed new life into the “original patent”...more

To Raise or Not to Raise? That is the Question When Talking About Pre-Verdict Motions for Judgment as a Matter of Law

The specificity required in a motion for judgment as a matter of law/directed verdict (“JMOL”) can present challenges to counsel as they argue motions under Rule 50 or its state-law equivalents. Halo Electronics, Inc. v....more

Magistrate Gorenstein recommends changing trebled damages to defaulting defendant, but no attorney’s fees.

Keystone Global LLC v. Auto Essentials Inc., et al. Case Number: 1:12-cv-09077-DLC-GWG - Keystone alleged that Decor Essentials infringed two patents, U.S. Patents Nos. 7,866,715 (“Protective vehicle cover”) and...more

Octane Fitness Changes the Landscape for Trademark Cases Too

Fair Wind Sailing, Inc. v. Dempster - Addressing for the first time the application of the Supreme Court decision in Octane Fitness to trademark cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a...more

Medical Device Update

In This Presentation: • Medical device patent statistics • Non-practicing entity (NPE) litigation • Inter partes reexam (IPR) update • Important litigation – Edwards v. Medtronic – Masimo v. Philips –...more

Three Billy Goats Gruff

(You know . . . the fairy tale about trolls.) This summer, PwC published its 2014 Patent Litigation Study. The tagline of the study is “[a]s case volume leaps, damages continue general decline.”...more

Judge Sweet trims award of attorney’s fees because of block billing and claims for fees for a non-compulsory defense; issues final...

Touchtunes Music Corp. v. Rowe International Corp., Arachnid, Inc., et al. October 21, 2014 - Case Number: 1:07-cv-11450-RWS - Judge Sweet, having previously found this case to be exceptional, awarded...more

Ultramercial: Software Patent Invalidated After Application of Alice, Patent Eligibility Becoming Threshold Question for...

The Federal Circuit recently applied Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank to invalidate all claims of a patented method for advertising over the Internet in Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC (Fed. Cir. November 14, 2014). Like the Supreme...more

IP News You Need to Know - November 2014

In This Presentation: - USPTO POST-GRANT PROCEEDINGS: LESSONS LEARNED AFTER 2 YEARS - Rationales for Denial of Petition - Rationales for Claims Surviving Final Decision - Considerations for Multi-Forum...more

Inventor Testimony Without Corroborating Evidence Is Insufficient to Prove of Reduction to Practice

K-40 Electronics, LLC v. Escort, Inc. - Addressing the sufficiency of corroborating evidence to prove earlier reduction to practice, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found that an inventor’s testimony regarding...more

Antares Pharma, Inc. v. Medac Pharma Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

When can a sufficient disclosure for patentability purposes nevertheless fail to adequately "describe" the claims of a patent? According to the Federal Circuit in a case issued this week, when the claims are added in a...more

Post-Alice Federal Circuit Finds Internet Advertising Method to Not Be Patent Eligible

Citing the Supreme Court of the United States’ Spring 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed itself and concluded that a claimed method for distributing online...more

Defendant Ordered to Provide Access to Licensee Websites

BNB Health Grades, Inc. ("Health Grades") filed a patent infringement action against MDx Medical, Inc., d/b/a Vitals.com ("MDx"). During the litigation, Health Grades identified licensing agreements and associated systems...more

Baker Botts Year-End Perspectives: Bart Showalter

This is the second in a series of six Q&As with Baker Botts partners addressing the most significant developments in their practice areas this year, as well as their outlook for 2015. The Q&As will be posted throughout the...more

In denying attorney’s fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285, Judge Buchwald reviews post-Octane decisions.

Dr. Paula Small v. Implant Direct MFG. LLC d/b/a Implant Direct, LLC - Case Number: 1:06-cv-00683-NRB - In 2013, defendants won summary judgment on two dental implant patents. One patent was found invalid...more

Judge Gives Rule 34 Lesson, Orders Plaintiff to Organize Production (California)

Venture Corp. v. Barrett, 2014 WL 5305575 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 16, 2014). In this patent case, the defendant moved to compel identifying information after the parties reached an impasse regarding how responsive information...more

Court Report - November 2014 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP et al. v. Pharmadax USA, Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-07105; filed November 3, 2014 in the...more

Indirect Patent Infringement in the US

In a recent decision in the US (Riverbed Technology, Inc. v. Silver Peak Systems, Inc.), a company was found liable for indirect patent infringement even though the infringing features of its product were disabled when the...more

Third Time Is the Charm for WildTangent Challenge of Patent Eligibility of Ultramercial Patent

In its third opinion reviewing the same district court decision, the Federal Circuit this time affirmed the district court’s grant of WildTangent’s motion to dismiss Ultramercial’s patent infringement complaint because the...more

Ultramercial Finally Strikes Out at the Federal Circuit

In its most recent decision in Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, the Federal Circuit finally concluded that the claims-at-issue do not cover patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. This comes after two prior...more

Specificity Key in IPR Petitions

TRW Automotive US LLC v. Magna Electronics Inc. - In two separate but related written decisions, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution of inter partes review of two related patents,...more

Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu LLC (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Ultramercial sued Hulu, YouTube, and WildTangent for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,346,545. Hulu and YouTube were eventually dismissed from the case. On a 12(b)(6) motion, and without construing the claims, the District...more

Judge Derides the “Pencil-and-Paper Analysis” for Software Patents, Finds Error-Correction Claims Valid

On November 3, 2014, Judge Mariana Pfaelzer issued an order in California Inst. of Tech. v. Hughes Commc’ns Inc., No. 2:13-CV-07245-MRP, 2014 WL 5661290 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 3, 2014) denying the defendants’ motion for summary...more

Production of Billing Statements from Law Firm Denied Even Though Deponent Could Not Recall Details of Why Information Was Not...

The defendants in this patent infringement action sought the production of certain billing statements of the law firm representing CleanTech. The defendants argued that the billing statements were discoverable based on their...more

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